Updated: 07/11/16 : 06:24:51
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Summerhill College man lands big soccer title

A TEENAGER who schooled at Summerhill College in the Seventies finally landed Irish soccer's big prize yesterday, Sunday.

John Caulfield managed Cork City to the premier cup as they beat Dundalk 1-0 in the final seconds of extra time at the Aviva Stadium.

He is believed to be the first ever ex-Summerhill College pupil to manage winners of a premier trophy in Irish senior soccer.

And the man who scored the winner yesterday was Sean Maguire, who joined Sligo Rovers on loan from West Ham United in 2014.

The last-gasp goal sparked wild celebrations by Cork fans among the 26,000 in the Aviva Stadium.

These ecstatic fans included the Fianna Fáil leader, Michael Martin.

Caulfield himself was born in the Bronx in New York to immigrant Irish parents in 1964.

Summerhill Boarder

Summerhill College still accepted boarders in the 1970s when Caulfield came to Sligo.

His parents had settled in Roscommon when he was four years of age.

He played Gaelic games at minor level for his adopted county.

But his Roscommon abode also gave Caulfield two 'bites' at the soccer cherry.

Every Honour

His father took him to Athlone Town home games while he also attended Sligo Rovers home games, on Sunday afternoons, when boarding in Summerhill.

There the sentiment seemed to end;'as a player, Caulfield scored the first ever hat trick for the new Cork City side in a 3-2 win against.....Sligo Rovers.

The Summerhill man went on to win every honour as a League of Ireland player.

But success as a manager mostly stayed half-a-hand beyond his reach -- that is, until yesterday evening.

Three times in successive recent seasons Caulfield's Cork City were runners up -- to Dundalk.

Add in last year's Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup final defeat, in extra time at the Aviva.....to Dundalk to complete his misery metric as a manager

Set Trend

Meanwhile, yesterday was the seventh recent cup final to go to extra time.

Sligo Rovers set the trend in this decade with three FAI Cup wins, each after extra time.